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No GPS, no special traffic lanes: How long it takes Pune Fire Brigade to respond to emergency call revealed

In a city of almost 300 square kilometres, as per safety norms, Pune should have at least 50 fire stations. In reality, it has only 13

pune Updated: Oct 09, 2017 16:33 IST
Ananya Barua
Chief fire officer of PMC Prashant Ranpise at the ‘My Society Safe Society’ seminar at Boat Club on Sunday.
Chief fire officer of PMC Prashant Ranpise at the ‘My Society Safe Society’ seminar at Boat Club on Sunday.(HT Photo)

Pune Promoting the idea of a safe society, Rotary Club of Pune, Kalyaninagar, in collaboration with Safe Society of India and Rapid Ex, organised a seminar, ‘My Society- Safe Society’, spreading awareness about fire safety in residential areas of Pune.

Chief guest Prashant Ranpise, chief fire officer of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) revealed to the audience facts about the current fire fighting capability of the city’s department and future plans.

“In a city with almost 300 square kilometres, as per safety norms, Pune should have at least 50 fire stations. In reality, due to problems of funding and land issues, we have only 13 fire stations. In this case, keeping the city safe also falls on citizens,” Ranpise added.

He further claimed: ‘We take cognisance of the accident and leave with our team within 30 seconds of the call. Adhering to that speed, I assure you, that any fire safety issue will be addressed with urgency.”